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Cork twins appeal smashes target, despite a setback

The girls’ mother thanked TheJournal.ie readers for their generosity, as the twins prepare for their surgery in London.

Image: Help Zoe and Maya via Facebook

WHEN AUDREY MURNANE was offered two slots in a London hospital for her twins to undergo non-invasive surgery, she sprung into action.

The offer will greatly improve the lives of her 19-month-old daughters Zoe and Maya, but the cost was €35,000 and she had just ten days to make the payment to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Mission impossible? Not even close.

The total was raised within five days, with everyone from Munster Rugby to two rapping school girls pitching in.

Now, despite a setback in receiving the funds, Audrey and the girls are preparing to fly out on Monday.

“There was a technical glitch with PayPal transferring the money, so we had missed the deadline.

“I went public on Facebook and asked if anyone could help and a good few people came forward and agreed to give us a bridging loan.

“One particular person said that he would give us a loan for seven days, or whatever we needed.

“We’ve paid him back and everything. The man didn’t even know me but just trusted me.

It’s good to know there are such good people out there.

Those good people include the readers of this very site.

“After TheJournal.ie article went online last week, the hours between 6.30am and 9.30am were the busiest times for donations.”

Almost 3,000 people donated to the fund and a Facebook auction planned for tomorrow will add to the fund, which will be used to pay for ongoing treatment of the girls’ Long Segment Tracheal Stenosis, a condition that causes major blockages to airways.


With all of the madness, Audrey says she has yet to even think about things like packing.

“I haven’t started doing regular mammy things like packing, washing and ironing. That’s my job for tomorrow and Sunday.”

The girls will take the Bumbleance to the airport and will fly to London accompanied by a paramedic. They will then spend around a week in London and will hopefully be home in time for Christmas.

Read: Cork mother has ten days to raise €35,000 for twins’ surgery

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